Tuesday, September 28, 2010

St. Lorenzo Ruiz

THe only Filipino saint, St. Lorenzo Ruiz, born in Binondo, Manila, a layman and father of three, accused of murder, exiled to Japan where he was tortured to denounce Christianity, that he never did, "That I shall never do, because I am a Christian and I shall die for God, and for Him I will give many thousands of lives if I had them. And so do with me as you will please." With his strong Christian faith led him to martyrdom. He was beatified by Pope John Paul II in 1981 and canonized into sainthood in 1987 by Pope John Paul II in Vatican City. His feastday is today, September 28.

St. Lorenzo Ruiz is the patron saint of the high school sophomores in my son's school. I do not regularly attend Sunday mass, so I make it a point to attend special Feast days. There was a recollection for students and parents, afterwhich, mass followed.